I don't want to have to go to Dr. Oz or Andrew Weil for this one.
December 15, 2013 3:32 PM Subscribe
Which healthy grocery items/nutritional supplements/dietary interventions have you found to be worth the splurge, and how/why?
posted by blue suede stockings to Food & Drink (35 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
I've already been working on a New Year's resolution for 2014: trying to be mindful every day about healthy food choices, consistently eating multiple fruits and vegetables per day, using a meal tracking calculator to make sure I'm getting enough protein and fiber on a daily basis, etc. I'm trying to educate myself a little more on what foods may or may not be the best for someone with my garden-variety autoimmune disorder (Hashimoto's Thyroiditis).
I've committed to spending a little more on my (very modest) grocery budget towards this goal. But, beyond just making sure to include more fresh, whole foods, I'm wondering what "splurges" are actually worth it, (since I'm on a budget so this is a zero sum game)--not from a taste/gourmand perspective, but health wise. There's a lot of woo out there (I'm looking at you, Dr. Oz and Andrew Weil) and I don't know how, um, to separate the wheat from the chaff.
Based on your own experience, what have you added that has added to your sense of nutritional well-being? If you could choose only 2-3 higher-ticket items to add to an already healthy diet, what would they be? Fresh salmon? Lamb? Chia oil? Nut milks, or even just nuts? The higher-end fish oil capsules or other supplements? Coconut products? Avocados? [please say avocados so I can justify $1.50-2 each] Hemp protein powder? Fresh or frozen berries in the smoothies (acai or not)? More fresh than frozen vegetables?
Assume that I already know the basics and benefits of eating healthy on a budget, and that I am not grasping for snake-oil or the latest fad.